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Ohio woman reunited with lost tortoise after two-week search

CLEVELAND (AP) — A wayward tortoise’s surprising trek around Ohio has ended happily for its owner, whose two-week search, in a twist of fate, might have saved her sister’s life.

Otis the California desert tortoise managed to push open a sliding glass door and escape from Kathie Heisinger’s home in Sebring in Mahoning County on May 30.

Heisinger created flyers offering a $200 reward that was quickly matched by the Sebring Volunteer Fire Department, prompting her to make the reward $500 total. Village residents soon joined Heisinger in her search around Sebring.

“There are a lot of good people in the world,” Heisinger said.

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